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    Reggie Bush Backtracks Over Previous Comments..

    [size=20px]Bush to Saints: 'We have to have fair offer'[/size]

    [size=8px]By Len Pastabelli
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    Although he reiterated his intention to be in his first NFL training camp on time, New Orleans Saints first-round draft choice and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush delivered a not-so-subtle message to Saints officials over the weekend:

    Negotiations are a two-way street, and it's time for everyone to take the on-ramp to the bargaining table.

    "I'm a competitor and a football player, and so, yeah, naturally, I want to be in camp on time," Bush told ESPN.com. "My goal is to be in there and to start doing my part to bring a Super Bowl championship to New Orleans. That's what I want. But I have an agent and I have faith in Joel [Segal] to handle that end of things for me. … [And] he knows we have to have a fair offer, one that meets our expectations."

    Bush will likely command No. 1-level dollars despite going No. 2 in the draft.

    The comment wasn't so much a repudiation of the stance Bush took during the Saints' recent minicamp as it was a clarification of those remarks.

    At the minicamp May 13-15, Bush said it is "very important" to have his contract completed before training camp opens, and he noted that he apprised Segal to do "whatever it takes" to accomplish that goal.

    "I don't want to get caught up in holdouts and things like that," Bush said at minicamp. "I think it is important to start off on a good foot and a good note -- not only with the team, but with the city."

    Bush over the weekend did not back away from those remarks, which garnered disproportionate national attention, given that they were typical of what most rookies would say if queried about contract negotiations.

    "In terms of my [desire] to have my contract finished and to be at camp on time, nothing has changed [from minicamp], not at all," Bush said.

    But contract negotiations often get in the way of training camp reporting dates, as evidenced last summer when 23 of 32 first-round selections missed at least one day of camp practice because of contract impasses, and the Saints and Bush's representative have yet to commence bargaining. And so Bush's desire for an on-time camp arrival still must be reconciled by dollars and sense.

    Other than allowing that he wants a contract which is "fair for everyone involved," Bush did not address in detail his financial expectations. But it is fair to assume that, as the second overall choice in the draft, Bush will seek a deal that approximates, and perhaps in some ways surpasses, the six-year, $54 million contract that the Houston Texans awarded defensive end Mario Williams, the draft's top pick.

    After spending much of the weekend in Los Angeles at a league-related trading card photo shoot, Bush flew back to New Orleans on Sunday to resume working with Saints veterans in organized team activities. He said he is looking forward to being able to return to the practice field. The strained left hamstring that he sustained during the initial workout of the rookie minicamp is healing well, and Bush estimated he will be back on the field in about a week.

    The former Southern California star, who never missed a college game because of an injury and who had never encountered even slight tightness in his hamstring, conceded he was stunned by the experience.

    "I mean, I said to myself, 'What is this?' because I'd never had anything like it before," Bush said. "Really, I couldn't believe it. I was in a little bit of shock for a few minutes, like, 'My body has never let me down like this before.' But it'll be fine. It feels so much better already. And I appreciate the way the Saints have handled it and all the treatments the trainers have done with me. I'm just about over it but, I'm grateful that everyone has been so understanding and cautious with the thing."

    Bush said he benefited from taking "mental reps" during the minicamp sessions, and he lauded first-year coach Sean Payton and his staff for keeping him focused, but Bush reiterated he is anxious to log some "live" snaps. At the rookie sessions, Bush made it through the first practice and then participated mostly in walk-through drills. Even with his curtailed workload, Saints coaches agreed that Bush's feel for the game and the grace and facility with which he does things were impressive.

    Bush called his reception in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, where he has been embraced by fans as the savior of the Saints franchise, "overwhelming," and Bush said he intends to expand upon the charitable endeavors he has already begun in the city. Of his ongoing battle to wear his familiar uniform No. 5 in the NFL, he noted that the decision is out of his hands and that there is nothing new to report. There could be a resolution of the uniform matter this week, with owners scheduled to meet in Denver on Tuesday.

    Perhaps because he has yet to work with the veterans in on-field drills, Bush said the speed of the game, the biggest difference nearly every rookie cites in making the transition to the NFL, hasn't really affected him. And he has been able, he emphasized, to stay on top of the mental aspects of the New Orleans offense, which was relatively rudimentary during the rookie minicamp.

    "So far, except for the hamstring, so good," Bush said. "I know there's still a lot more to come, but I think I'm doing a pretty good job with the playbook. I just want to get out there are starting [applying] all of this mental stuff to the field. To me, that's what being a competitor is all about."

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    So Reggie has finally been pushed into giving his agent some leverage in the upcoming contract negotiations by saying he won't sacrifice some cash money for time at camp.

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    Mon, 22 May 2006 06:00:48 -0700

    ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports New Orleans Saints rookie RB Reggie Bush earlier made his intention to be signed on time for training camp known. He also delivered a not-so-subtle message to Saints officials over the weekend: Negotiations are a two-way street, and it's time for everyone to take the on-ramp to the bargaining table. "I'm a competitor and a football player, and so, yeah, naturally, I want to be in camp on time," Bush told ESPN.com. "My goal is to be in there and to start doing my part to bring a Super Bowl championship to New Orleans. That's what I want. But I have an agent and I have faith in Joel (agent Segal) to handle that end of things for me. (And) he knows we have to have a fair offer, one that meets our expectations." Other than allowing that he wants a contract which is "fair for everyone involved," Bush did not address in detail his financial expectations. But it is fair to assume that, as the second overall choice in the draft, Bush will seek a deal that approximates, and perhaps in some ways surpasses, the six-year, $54 million contract that the Houston Texans awarded DE Mario Williams, the draft's top pick.

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    [size=20px]SEGAL SETTING REGGIE UP FOR A HOLDOUT?[/size]
    [size=8px]Mike Florio
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    Agent Joel Segal has a problem. His highest-profile client, Reggie Bush, knows that he can't afford to come off of as greedy regarding the extent to which his guaranteed football money exceeds $20 million, since many of the Loozianans who'll be cheering from him come September are still pooping in plastic pots. But Segal is at the same time notorious for not doing a first-round deal until his client is bracketed by the packages paid to the player in front of him, and behind him.

    So with Bush recently declaring that he doesn't want to be a holdout, Segal is doing his best to foment a little resentment between Reggie and the Saints.

    In a spoon-fed interview to ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli (who only beats the bushes after dropping a cheeseburger into them), Bush lays the foundation (perhaps unwittingly) for a contract rhubarb by proclaiming that, while he doesn't want to miss training camp, "we have to have a fair offer, one that meets our expectations."

    So which is it, Reg? Because whether the offer is "fair" and whether it "meets [your] expectations" are two very different propositions.

    Also included in Pasquarelli's article is a suggestion that Bush wants to start the process of negotiating his contract now. The only problem with this statement is that it isn't attributed to Reggie as a direct (or indirect) quote.

    Our guess is that the concept of premature negotiation was planted by Segal, who knows full well that the Saints aren't inclined to sign Bush any time soon. First of all, teams typically don't have the kind of cash flow in May or June that is necessary to support the issuance of big checks. This reality applies even more forcefully to the Saints, who are run by one of the cheapest owners in all of sport. Second, most teams prefer to push the process of signing draft picks into July, with work beginning in earnest after the annual celebration of an nation-building exercise that turned out far better than our current efforts in that regard.

    What does Segal gain through this approach? It makes it easier for him to argue to Bush that the team isn't participating fairly and adequately in the process. "Reggie," Joel might say in the near future, "we made it clear to the Saints that we want to work something out now, and they're dragging their feet."

    It also might make it easier for Reggie to win the looming P.R. battle if a holdout ultimately is required, since Reggie can then supply a stream of sound bites supporting the notion that it was the team, not Segal, that forced the holdout by delaying the commencement of the process by two months.

    Our advice to the Saints? Call Segal's bluff. Send him a letter inviting him to the table right now, and say all the right things aimed at making Bush believe that the team is willing to work hard in the short term to get a deal done.

    In response, Segal will sputter. He'll stall. He'll freeze. Because there's no way in hell that Segal will allow Bush to do a deal until Vince Young inks a contract at No. 3 with the Tennessee Titans.

    Why, you aks? Because Segal is sufficiently insecure about his ability to negotiate a solid deal that he'll be paralyzed by the fear that Young will end up getting a better contract than Bush despite being picked one spot lower.

    The other intriguing dynamic at play here is that, while Segal is most likely willing to tolerate a holdout, Bush's marketing agent, Mike Ornstein, most likely isn't. If Bush misses time and then loses the P.R. war, his potential for off-field earnings will take, at a minimum, a short-term hit. And that, in turn, will affect Ornstein's booty.

    Our guess is that, for now, Segal and Ornstein are on the same page as to the approach. Things will get very interesting, however, if the Saints react by making objectively "fair" offers, since it most likely will prompt Segal to stick his head in the sand.

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    Re: Reggie Bush Backtracks Over Previous Comments..

    The saint should just step up and pay the kid, they have momentum for their franchise and they are gonna screw it up, because they are the saunts.

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    Re: Reggie Bush Backtracks Over Previous Comments..

    and if this hamstring injury hinders him to be the best back ever? do you still pay him the money?....i dont know. you dont ever want to throw money at an IF. and untill hes on the field proving he is, he is a questionmark, much like most draft picks.

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    Re: Reggie Bush Backtracks Over Previous Comments..

    his slot and hype demand that they will have to pay him a certain, ballpark figure, and they need to be operating within that. they will have to pay him eventually, why not just get him into camp and avoid the hassel? remember, the more they pay him, the more everyone else will have to pay their picks, so they would be screwing everyone else, too.

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    Not our worry.. He plays for the Saints, and we watch the Vikings. Personally I couldn't care less what goes on with him and the Saints. If he gets the big payday, good for him. If he doesn't, oh well their loss not ours.

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